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A look at Jared Fogle’s time in Bloomington and his criminal case

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A look at Jared Fogle’s time in Bloomington and his criminal case

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This week, a woman at the center of a child pornography investigation linked to Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle was convicted of federal charges relating to the sexual exploitation of children. Her ex-husband, who ran Fogle’s nonprofit, had his conviction overturned but is still in jail awaiting a new trial.

Before Fogle was arrested in 2015, he was known as “Subway Jared”. The Subway sandwich shop he frequented in Bloomington was known as the place where he ate his daily meals before becoming the spokesperson for the national channel.

Here’s a look at the timeline of Fogle’s rise to fame, and his eventual downfall due to the investigation.

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When did Jared live in Bloomington?

Jared Fogle was a business student at Indiana University in the spring of 1998. During spring break, he stayed in Bloomington in his off-campus apartment at the intersection of Woodlawn and Atwater avenues, which also housed a Subway sandwich shop. Fogle weighed 425 pounds.

“I felt really weak, I just felt bad about myself on every level. And I was standing there at the Subway sandwich shop, reading a sign saying their menu, “seven sandwiches with six grams of fat”, kind of occurred to me. I liked the metro. Maybe this could be a way to lose weight, ”Fogle told former Herald-Times columnist Mike Leonard in 2000.

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In the spring of 1999, Indiana Daily Student reporter Ryan Coleman, who had been Fogle’s freshman dorm mate, saw Fogle on campus and did not recognize him. He wrote a story called “From Thick to Thin” about his dramatic weight loss.

Jared Fogle shows off his old pants with a 60-inch waistline to students at Batchelor Middle School while talking about his weight loss in 2004.

In just one year, Fogle had lost 245 pounds on his strict diet of Subway sandwiches. Lunch consisted of a 6 inch turkey sub, a bag of baked chips, and diet coke. Dinner was a foot-long vegetarian sub and a Coke Light. The sandwiches weren’t dressed with any extras, like cheese, mayonnaise, or oil.

Fogle first appeared in The Herald-Times in January 2000, in a column on his path to weight loss and becoming a national spokesperson for Subway. His first commercial for the food chain debuted on January 1. Subway sales increased 18% that year and a further 16% the following year.

What is the Jared Foundation?

Fogle established a nonprofit organization called The Jared Foundation in 2004. Its goal was to provide education on childhood obesity. He has visited schools and community groups, giving talks on diet and lifestyle choices.

Russell Taylor led the founding of Fogle, and the two were indicted by federal authorities in 2015 in a child pornography investigation.

What happened in the investigation?

An investigation launched in 2014 after a woman informed police that Taylor had offered to send her pictures of child pornography.

In July 2015, Fogle’s home in Zionsville was raided by state and federal authorities. Taylor and Fogle were arrested.

A look at Jared Fogle’s time in Bloomington and his criminal case

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Subway restaurant spokesperson Jared Fogle walks over to a waiting car as he leaves his home on July 7 in Zionsville, Indiana. FBI and Indiana State Police agents removed the electronic devices from the property. FBI Special Agent Wendy Osborne said Tuesday the FBI was investigating the Zionsville area but would not confirm it involved Fogle. (AP Photo / Michael Conroy)

Fogle has pleaded guilty to possessing or distributing child pornography and crossing state borders to have commercial sex with a minor. He is serving a 15-year sentence in a Colorado prison.

When she sentenced Fogle, a federal judge ordered her to undergo life-long post-prison supervision. “The level of perversion and lawlessness exhibited by Mr. Fogle is extreme,” she said.

Taylor pleaded guilty to 12 counts of producing child pornography and one count of distribution. Lawyers said Fogle psychologically abused Taylor.

A psychological assessment of Taylor included in court records contained allegations that Fogle wanted Taylor to make him use date rape drugs to use on “children” and that Fogle said to Taylor, “Daddy needs pictures.”

He was sentenced to 27 years, but his conviction was overturned in 2020 after a judge agreed his defense lawyer failed to challenge three counts that were unsubstantiated by legal facts. A new trial scheduled for July has been postponed and court records do not indicate a new date.

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Taylor’s ex-wife Angela Baldwin (formerly Angela Taylor) was charged in 2020 with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of conspiring to produce visual depictions of minors engaging in behavior sexually explicit and one count of possession of visual representations. minors engaging in sexually explicit behavior.

The charges against Baldwin involved secret video recordings of children made with hidden cameras in the bedrooms and bathrooms of the Indianapolis home she shared with Taylor. Court records indicate that some of the underage victims were related to Baldwin and Taylor, by blood or marriage, and others were friends of the children.

Is Jared Fogle still in jail?

Although the prosecution’s sentencing recommendation was 12 and a half years, the judge in the Fogle case chose to sentence him to 15 years and 8 months in prison. The judge accepted the defense’s request to recommend that Fogle be sent to jail in Littleton, Colorado, because he has a sex offender program.

Fogle must serve at least 85% of his sentence, which means he will be at least 51 years old when released.

Its expected release date is March 24, 2029, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons online records.What happened to Jared’s subway?

After the Atwater and South Woodlawn Subway store closed, The Inkwell announced that it would be opening a new location there. The local café-boulangerie announced on its Facebook page at the end of October that it was open.

In early November, Inkwell’s website still had a photo of the old Subway location with the message “Goodbye Jared, you’re a loser!”

On the menu: Inkwell to open second bakery and café in the old “Jared” metro

The Associated Press and former and current Herald-Times and IndyStar reporters contributed to this report, including: Abby Tonsing, Mark Alesia, Tim Evans and Kristine Guerra.

This article originally appeared on The Herald-Times: Jared Fogle, aka “Subway Jared”: Timeline of Career and Fall

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